AAR Japan sent Mr. Hiroyuki MINAMI, a wheelchair expert who is capable of single-handedly managing everything from design to production of wheelchairs, on 3 different occasions to Tajikistan. With his cooperation, we have taught staff members at Dilshod how to properly conduct preliminary research on those who wish to have wheelchairs, and also provided hands-on-training on practical wheelchair production techniques. Up until now, Dilshod had not taken into consideration the physical conditions of the users nor their living environment when producing wheelchairs. However, now under Mr. MINAMI’s guidance, Dilshod has begun to incorporate innovative ideas such as designing wheelchairs that are resistant to vibration so that users could move smoothly on unpaved roads, or flattening the edges of the wheelchairs where there is direct body contact and adding cushions, so that the users do not feel fatigue or pain even after being seated for long hours.
|June 13th, 2012 – Staff members of Dilshod intently watch wheelchair expert Mr. Hiroyuki MINAMI’s work (left row center) (pictured in the far back in the right row is Noriko ANDO of AAR Japan Tokyo Headquarters office.)|
Tiloberdiev Muzafar (29 years old) suffers from cerebral palsy, in which his body is physically disabled. He can manage to walk a short distance with assistance and a handrail, but for the danger of stumbling, he has wished to use a wheelchair. Because he is very thin, two layers of cushioning were placed at the front of his wheelchair, which allows him to support his thighs and prevent slipping, while reducing the burden on his hipbone. His family said to us, “Tiloberdiev often spends time sitting under the grapevine trellis outside the front door every day. His sister used to own a hand-pedal wheelchair which they shared, but it got too old and eventually broke. We are extremely happy to receive a new wheelchair. We want to take advantage of the wheelchair and take him around to many different places.” Tiloberdiev looked very happy as he waved back at his neighbors who spoke to him; he showed us a bright smile too.
|June 18th, 2012 – Tiloverdiev Muzafar, who has difficulty moving due to cerebral palsy. We saw a scar on the back of his hand from when he fell before. When he sat on the wheelchair, his face beamed with joy. (Vakhsh)|
Zohidova Muharama (12 years old) often stayed home all day and only went out when she had to go to the hospital. Since she didn’t have a wheelchair, she had to be carried by her family members, which became more and more difficult to do so as she grew older. Zohidova’s mother said, “Now that she has a wheelchair, it will be easier for her to move around and we would like to take her to many places. We are truly thankful for the support from AAR Japan and the people in Japan.” Despite being a shy girl, Zohidova smiled to us and said, “Spasibo (meaning “Thank you” in Russian).”
|June 19th, 2012 – Zohidova Muharama also suffers from cerebral palsy. On this day, she sat in a wheelchair for the first time. (Kurgantube)|
Wheelchair factory “Dilshod” aims to complete the production of 100 wheelchairs, including those that were distributed this time around, by the end of October, and deliver 90 of them to families with PWDs and 10 to Hissar Boarding School. Hissar Boarding School currently houses 296 children with disabilities aged from 7 to 17 years old, and AAR Japan has supported this school by repairing its roofs and greenhouse. The 10 wheelchairs that we are planning to provide will be used by the children to move on campus or inside their dormitory. The wheelchairs are 4-wheel type with 2 small wheels in the front that allow small turns even indoors.
|June 18th, 2012 – Pictured above are the 3-wheel type wheelchairs that will be distributed to families with PWDs. We will deliver them to those who are in need.|
※These efforts are being carried out with Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to your thoughtful donations.